ARL is all about FUN.

The Adult Rowing League (ARL) crews meet once a week on weekday evenings in June and July.

Each participant chooses whether they wish to practice on Tuesday OR Wednesday OR Thursday nights. Based on your preference, we’ll assign you to a crew, a boat and coaches. Let us know when you register if there are others you wish to row with.  Four weekly practices are held starting in June (Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays at 6:00pm). Practices will be designed to get you ready for July race nights! They will include dry land and on the water lessons to teach you rowing basics including safety, terminology and proper form.

In July, all crews meet on Thursday evenings (6:00pm) for races – some 200 rowers! Races are 800m in length, running in front of the boathouse from Parliament Hill to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge. An announcer calls the races, the BBQ is on and the bar is open.

All practices and race nights take place at the stunning ORC boathouses located at 10 Lady Grey Drive, right along the Ottawa River.

Previous experience required:

 Suitable for ‘never rowed’, novice or experienced rower as registrants are placed with compatible crews.

Ages: 18+ years

2018 Adult Rowing League Program Dates

  • ARL Introduction and Q&A Night – Thursday, May 17 – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday ARL Orientation Night – Tuesday, May 22 – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday ARL Orientation Night – Wednesday, May 23 – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Thursday ARL Orientation Night – Thursday, May 24 – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • You will complete safety training, go over boat handling and launch procedures during the orientation night.  Come dressed in athletic attire.

  • Practice Nights 2018
    • Tuesday ARL – May 29, June 5, 12, 19; practices are 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    • Wednesday ARL – May 30, June 6, 13, 20; practices are 6:00pm to 8:30 pm
    • Thursday ARL – May 31, June 7, 14, 21; practices are 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • The evenings of June 26, 27 and 28 are contingency practice nights should an earlier practice date be cancelled due to weather.

  • Race Nights 2018
  • July 5, 12, 19 and 26; all races nights at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Adult Rowing League


Program fee includes HST.  Program fee does not include Rowing Canada and RowOntario association fee of $45, which is to be paid separately by all ORC members.

The deadline to register for Adult Rowing League is May 8, 2018.  Reserve your spot today as this program sells out every summer! 

Row with an Olympian!

July 3 - share in the Olympic spirit and learn from the best!
For a small fee, your can claim your seat in a crew with veteran rowers who have competed for Canada at the Olympic Games!

Things to Consider

Come prepared to exercise. Loose fitting clothing can be a problem in the boats; wear snug shorts or tights.
  • You won’t be rowing all of the time. Bring a layer to keep you warm on the water.
  • Wearing rings is uncomfortable. We have lockers (no locks), but it’s best to leave your jewelry at home.
  • Rowing is thirsty work – don’t forget to bring water.
  • If you ride or drive there are spots to lock up your bike and park your car at the Club.
  • If you are interested in registering a group of 12 please contact for discount information.
  • If you are interested in a corporate rate, please contact
  • Request more information
  • Weather

    Rowing is only fun when it’s safe. If the weather is too rough, we may have to reschedule a session to one of our rain dates or make alternate arrangements.
  • Don’t guess!  Come down to the club as scheduled. If the water is good and you don’t come, you’ll miss your practice.